Melvin preparing for college

Dwight Melvin is ready to get started at Arizona. Read on to see what he is excited about, what his role will be, and more.

Dwight Melvin is ready for something new. After learning all he could while playing defensive end at Laveen (Ariz.) Betty H. Fairfax High School, he is ready to start his career as an Arizona Wildcat.

The defensive end is excited about getting on campus and adding to his football skill set. He already knows the basics of the system, as his high school squad ran a 3-5 on defense, similar to Arizona's new 3-3-5 that Defensive Coordinator Jeff Casteel is installing.

"We run a 3-5 here," Melvin said. "It's almost the same thing the U of A is running right now. It should be an easy adjustment."

The incoming freshman also has the strength required to play at the next level. Melvin, 6-foot-1, 265-pounds, works out every other day at Authority Fitness with former St. Louis Ram Toby Wright.

"He's been going with me through my Arizona workouts and helping me with some of his," Melvin said. "He's trying to get me ready for the upcoming season.

"(The Arizona workout) is very different from my normal workouts. There's more running and lifting. It pushes me to my limits."

Being pushed to his limits is another aspect of Arizona football that Melvin is preparing for. He has a great relationship with the coaches and can't wait for them to push him on and off the field.

"I talk to Coach Kirelawich once or twice a week and we have a bunch of short conversations," Melvin said. "Arizona has a great academic program. The coaches are really down to Earth. If you need help, they'll work with you and they'll push you to the limit you can go.

"If you want to be pushed harder, they're willing to work with you on and off the field."

Among the other little things that Melvin is looking forward to is the addition of speed to his repertoire.

"The coaches tell me to make sure I come to campus in shape," he said. "I'm excited to work on my plyometrics and explosiveness when it comes to speed."

Melvin plans starting his college career on June 3rd, when he reports for summer classes. He doesn't know who his roommate will be yet, but is thrilled to meet his new teammates.

"I haven't talked to any of them yet, but I can't wait to get down there and meet them," Melvin said. "I want to make the transition smoothly."

In addition to preparing for college, Melvin also participates in the shot-put and discus throws. He noted that his longest throw this season in discus was 146 feet and eleven inches. His shot-put record is 49 feet and 8 inches. He will participate in the State Championships this weekend.

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